Donegal family carers facing cuts
AN MEP has claimed that
the HSE is using the current lack of government to
implement cuts to homecare packages and home help
hours that would affect some 7,433 carers in Co
Marian Harkin MEP said
Donegal carers currently provide €93 million worth
of care each year and had already endured "punitive"
cutbacks in the last five years. She said while
information on the latest cuts was scarce, it is
widely feared among the carer community that
cutbacks would be implemented in the current
political impasse. It is over 55 days since the
general election with still no government in place.
"Having regard to the fact that almost 200,000
family carers save the State an estimated €11
million every day and over €4 billion every year, it
puts into perspective the meanness of this latest
HSE decision," said Ms Harkin.
MEP Marian Harkin.
She called on the
acting Health Minister Leo Varadkar to immediately
intervene and insist that the HSE does not impose
any more cuts.